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coun·te·nance

 (koun′tə-nəns)
n.
1. Appearance, especially the expression of the face: The question left him with a puzzled countenance.
2. The face or facial features.
3.
a. A look or expression indicative of encouragement or of moral support.
b. Support or approval.
4. Obsolete Bearing; demeanor.
tr.v. coun·te·nanced, coun·te·nanc·ing, coun·te·nanc·es
To give sanction or support to; tolerate or approve: The college administration will not countenance cheating.

[Middle English contenaunce, from Old French, from contenir, to behave; see contain.]

coun′te·nanc·er n.
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countenance

(ˈkaʊntɪnəns)
n
1. the face, esp when considered as expressing a person's character or mood: a pleasant countenance.
2. support or encouragement; sanction
3. composure; self-control (esp in the phrases keep or lose one's countenance; out of countenance)
vb (tr)
4. to support or encourage; sanction
5. to tolerate; endure
[C13: from Old French contenance mien, behaviour, from Latin continentia restraint, control; see contain]
ˈcountenancer n
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coun•te•nance

(ˈkaʊn tn əns)

n., v. -nanced, -nanc•ing. n.
1. appearance, esp. the expression of the face: a sad countenance.
2. the face; visage.
3. calm facial expression; composure.
4. approval or favor.
5. Obs. bearing; behavior.
v.t.
6. to permit or tolerate.
7. to approve or encourage.
[1250–1300; Middle English cuntenaunce behavior, bearing, self-control < Anglo-French cuntena(u)nce, Old French contenance < Latin continentia continence]
coun′te•nanc`er, n.
syn: See face.
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countenance


Past participle: countenanced
Gerund: countenancing

Imperative
countenance
countenance
Present
I countenance
you countenance
he/she/it countenances
we countenance
you countenance
they countenance
Preterite
I countenanced
you countenanced
he/she/it countenanced
we countenanced
you countenanced
they countenanced
Present Continuous
I am countenancing
you are countenancing
he/she/it is countenancing
we are countenancing
you are countenancing
they are countenancing
Present Perfect
I have countenanced
you have countenanced
he/she/it has countenanced
we have countenanced
you have countenanced
they have countenanced
Past Continuous
I was countenancing
you were countenancing
he/she/it was countenancing
we were countenancing
you were countenancing
they were countenancing
Past Perfect
I had countenanced
you had countenanced
he/she/it had countenanced
we had countenanced
you had countenanced
they had countenanced
Future
I will countenance
you will countenance
he/she/it will countenance
we will countenance
you will countenance
they will countenance
Future Perfect
I will have countenanced
you will have countenanced
he/she/it will have countenanced
we will have countenanced
you will have countenanced
they will have countenanced
Future Continuous
I will be countenancing
you will be countenancing
he/she/it will be countenancing
we will be countenancing
you will be countenancing
they will be countenancing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been countenancing
you have been countenancing
he/she/it has been countenancing
we have been countenancing
you have been countenancing
they have been countenancing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been countenancing
you will have been countenancing
he/she/it will have been countenancing
we will have been countenancing
you will have been countenancing
they will have been countenancing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been countenancing
you had been countenancing
he/she/it had been countenancing
we had been countenancing
you had been countenancing
they had been countenancing
Conditional
I would countenance
you would countenance
he/she/it would countenance
we would countenance
you would countenance
they would countenance
Past Conditional
I would have countenanced
you would have countenanced
he/she/it would have countenanced
we would have countenanced
you would have countenanced
they would have countenanced
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.countenance - the appearance conveyed by a person's facecountenance - the appearance conveyed by a person's face; "a pleasant countenance"; "a stern visage"
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
expression, look, face, facial expression, aspect - the feelings expressed on a person's face; "a sad expression"; "a look of triumph"; "an angry face"
poker face - a face without any interpretable expression (as that of a good poker player)
2.countenance - formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"
commendation, approval - a message expressing a favorable opinion; "words of approval seldom passed his lips"
O.K., okay, okeh, okey, OK - an endorsement; "they gave us the O.K. to go ahead"
visa - an endorsement made in a passport that allows the bearer to enter the country issuing it
nihil obstat - the phrase used by the official censor of the Roman Catholic Church to say that a publication has been examined and contains nothing offensive to the church
3.countenance - the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)countenance - the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
human head - the head of a human being
face, human face - the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear; "he washed his face"; "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"
pudding face, pudding-face - a large fat human face
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
Verb1.countenance - consent to, give permissioncountenance - consent to, give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam"
brook, endure, tolerate, stomach, abide, bear, digest, stick out, suffer, put up, stand, support - put up with something or somebody unpleasant; "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
furlough - grant a leave to; "The prisoner was furloughed for the weekend to visit her children"
give - allow to have or take; "I give you two minutes to respond"
consent, go for, accept - give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to; "I cannot accept your invitation"; "I go for this resolution"
permit, tolerate, allow - allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting; "We don't allow dogs here"; "Children are not permitted beyond this point"; "We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"
authorize, authorise, clear, pass - grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"
grant, allow - let have; "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
let in, admit, include - allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of; "admit someone to the profession"; "She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar"
privilege, favour, favor - bestow a privilege upon
trust - allow without fear
allow in, intromit, let in, admit - allow to enter; grant entry to; "We cannot admit non-members into our club building"; "This pipe admits air"
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countenance

verb
1. tolerate, sanction, endorse, condone, support, encourage, approve, endure, brook, stand for (informal), hack (slang), put up with (informal) He would not countenance his daughter marrying while she was still a student.
noun
1. (Literary) face, features, expression, look, appearance, aspect, visage, mien, physiognomy He met each inquiry with an impassive countenance.
2. support, assistance, backing, aid, favour, sanction, approval, endorsement Those who remained could hope for no countenance or advancement.
3. composure, cool (slang), dignity, poise, coolness, aplomb, calmness, equanimity, self-assurance, sang-froid, self-possession, imperturbability I kept my countenance and remained self-possessed.
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countenance

noun
1. An outward appearance:
2. A disposition of the facial features that conveys meaning, feeling, or mood:
3. The front surface of the head:
face, feature (often used in plural), muzzle, visage.
Informal: mug.
Slang: kisser, map, pan, puss.
verb
1. To lend supportive approval to:
encourage, favor, smile on (or upon).
2. To be favorably disposed toward:
Informal: go for.
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Translations
مَلامِح وجْـهيُشجِّـع، يُأيِّـد
schvalovattrpětvýraz
ansigtansigtsudtrykbilligeminetolerere
andlitláta viîgangast
veidasveido išraiška
atbalstītizskatssejaveicināt
desteklemekteşvik etmekyüz

countenance

[ˈkaʊntɪnəns] (frm)
A. N
1. (liter) (= face) → semblante m, rostro m
to keep one's countenancecontener la risa, no perder la serenidad
to lose countenancedesconcertarse
to be out of countenanceestar desconcertado
to put sb out of countenancedesconcertar a algn
2. (frm) (no pl) (= approval) → consentimiento m
to give or lend countenance to [+ news] → acreditar
B. VT (frm) (= permit) to countenance sthconsentir or permitir algo
to countenance sb doing sthpermitir a algn que haga algo
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countenance

[ˈkaʊntɪnəns]
n (= face) → visage m
vt (= allow) → approuver
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countenance

n
(old, form: = face) → Angesicht nt (old, Eccl), → Antlitz nt (old); (= expression)Gesichtsausdruck m; to keep one’s countenance (fig)die Fassung or Haltung bewahren; to lose countenance (fig)das Gesicht verlieren; to put somebody out of countenancejdn aus der Fassung bringen
(= support) to give/lend countenance to somethingetw ermutigen/unterstützen
vt behaviourgutheißen; plan, suggestion also, personunterstützen
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countenance

[ˈkaʊntɪnəns] (frm)
1. n (face) → (espressione f del) volto
to keep one's countenance → restare impassibile
2. vt (permit) to countenance sth/sb doing sthammettere qc/che qn faccia qc
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

countenance

(ˈkauntinəns) noun
(expression on) the face.
verb
to encourage, support or accept. We can't possibly countenance the spending of so much money.
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However, Remainers on the opposition benches may decide that the majority of MPs would bring down any Government which countenanced such a reckless course of action and vote against May's deal, hoping to force an election.
Pope Francis's acknowledgement of the sins of the past is something many of his predecessors simnply would not have countenanced.
In other words, the face reflects credit, accountability, and value previously agreed upon or countenanced. A countenance is money, and Utterson's is a good one no matter how rugged or weathered its surface is.
The becnch of Justices S Muralidhar and Vibhu Bakhru said, " such conduct cannot be countenanced. In how many cases of massive defaulters have you made arrests?
18 -- Tamil Nadu Government on Tuesday urged the Centre that the voluntary repatriation of displaced Tamil refugees could be "countenanced" after putting in place proper rehabilitation measures in Sri Lanka.
He said they were "prepared to countenance things that we have never countenanced before" but "need some security".
The Irishmen's defence of their Six Nations crown this year was hugely disappointing on the face of it: whatever about the dismissal in Paris, a Croke Park reverse to Scotland could hardly have been countenanced.
Investigative reports have documented how executives and politicians alike countenanced practices that were clearly unsustainable, dangerous, and irrational: money lent without proof of income, repayment modeled on the basis of data from the most dramatic run-up in property values and equity borrowing on record all while the entire system grew increasingly dependent upon credit markets built on this unstable foundation.
One last thing: The Military Commissions Act retroactively grants immunity to Bush Administration officials who countenanced torture.